E Ticketing and Ticket Dispute Adjudication
There was a brief flurry in the media a couple of weeks ago about the implementation of electronic traffic tickets and dispute adjudication replacing traffic court. I had not heard anything about this from the provincial government after the publication of the amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to allow the changes in 2012. Being curious, I traded e-mails with the Public Affairs office of the Ministry of Justice to see if I could learn more.
Implementation of the changes will be conducted in two phases, with electronic ticketing proceeding first. E-tickets and on line payment methods are currently in the planning stages and currently there is no date set for police to put away their ball point pens and paper ticket books. Once this system is functioning, phase two will continue with the change to an administrative justice model to replace our current traffic court model.
The Ministry points out that the changes are intended to create system efficiencies and make processes more accessible for citizens. It is not uncommon to have to wait as much as a year or more currently for your day in traffic court. If the resolution process is quicker RoadSafetyBC will be able to take action against high risk drivers more promptly.
The news release issued by the government in May of 2012 is still the most current information according to public affairs. Since the general tone of the media articles was resistance to the switch to dispute adjudication, if you feel it is necessary, you still have time to contact your MLA and make your views known. Of course, if you think that adjudication would be an improvement, you could state that view too.